Tag Archive for ‘starts’

Single-Family Built-for-Rent Share Remains Elevated

Despite some recent ups and downs, the share of single-family homes built for rental purposes remains higher than historical norms. According to data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, the market share of single-family homes built for rental purposes, as measured on a one-year moving average, stands at 4.3% for the 2nd quarter of… Read More ›

Multifamily Starts Post Small Drop in August, Remain Strong

In August, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts  in buildings with five or more apartments was 208,000, according to the latest release from the Census Bureau’s Manufacturing and Construction Division.  This is a 2.8% decrease from the downwardly revised July starts rate. Despite the monthly drop, this rate is nearly 37% higher than the August 2011 rate of 5+ unit starts. … Read More ›

Housing Starts Continue Recovery

Housing starts increased 2.1% in August to a 750,000 seasonally-adjusted annualized (SAAR) level.  The increase was concentrated entirely in the single-family sector increasing 5.5% to an SAAR of 535,000, the highest since early 2010 just before the home buyer tax credit expired.  The improvement was broad based with increases in all four Census regions.  Multifamily starts dropped back to 215,000 SAAR, but the… Read More ›

Apartment Production Up Strongly Year Over Year

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate for starts in buildings with five or more apartments in July came in at  229,000 units (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate), up 9.6 percent from the revised figure for June (revisions to the May and June numbers were minor). The 3-month moving average has been very stable, hovering between 205,000 and 210,000 for the past… Read More ›

One-Fourth of All Single-Family Homes are Built in a Strip from Delaware to Florida

Traditionally, the Census Bureau reports statistics on new residential construction (including housing starts) only for the four principal census regions: Northeast, Midwest, South and West.  The geography is limited by the way the sample for the Survey of Construction is drawn.  In 2009, the sample was redrawn in a way that allows for slightly more geographic detail (i.e., nine census divisions). … Read More ›

Multifamily Starts Rebound in June

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments for June came in at 213,000 (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate).  This is a 17 percent increase from May and reversed well over half of the previous month’s decline.  (Month to month fluctuations on this order of magnitude are typical for multifamily construction. )  On a year-over-year basis, five-plus… Read More ›

Housing Starts Rise 6.9 Percent in June

Nationwide housing production rose by 6.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000 units in June, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the fastest pace of new-home construction since October of 2008. Single-family housing starts rose for a fourth consecutive month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000 units… Read More ›

Multifamily Starts Drop in May

Total housing starts declined in May due to a 21.3% drop in multifamily construction. The annualized rate of starts for housing units in properties with five or more units fell from 236,000 to 179,000 in May. However, the starts rate for multifamily units typically displays a great deal of volatility. Under a three-month moving average, the five-plus starts rate fell… Read More ›

Mixed May Starts Report

May housing starts were down 4.8% from a revised April number to an annual rate of 708,000, but starts in the larger single-family sector were up 3.2% to an annual rate of 516,000 and except for December 2011 the highest since end of the home buyer credit in early 2010. A 21.3% drop in multifamily apartment construction pulled the total… Read More ›

Starts in Age Restricted Communities Up Slightly in 2011

In 2009, at the request of NAHB and possibly other stakeholders, the Census Bureau’s Manufacturing and Construction Division added a question on age-restricted communities to its Survey of Construction (the survey that gives us  housing starts, among other things).  In June of this year, for the first time, the Census Characteristics of New Housing release included enough of this new information… Read More ›